Sister Street Fighter

April 3, 2013 at 1:50 am (6 Heads, Sister Street Fighter) (, , , , )

Sister Street Fight – 1974 – Japan

Drug dealing mobster martial artists smuggle heroin-soaked wigs into Japan. To avenge her brother’s death, a cute spunky karate girl fights alongside Sonny Chiba (karate master/racing driver) to bust the drug lords. The result is a bunch of gory martial arts battles against the drug lords’ ninja army. These battles are so gory that they were cut to pieces for the American theatrical release. A dude is stabbed in the eye, a dude is disemboweled by a punch, and most spectacularly, a dude’s head is twisted backwards. He staggers in stunned confusion before falling down some stairs.

Sister Street Fighter is action-packed with little dialogue to interrupt the chaos of kung fu. The plot progression involves increasingly stronger opponents with more menacing weapons. As each new warrior is introduced, their name and fighting style are printed dramatically across the screen. This stylish touch is reminiscent of shonen (boys’) manga of the era. Some of the martial artists are apparently real—for instance, the giant blonde “South American Karate Champion” Eva Parrish. I’m more curious about the Thai kickboxing Amazon Seven—a gang of teenage girls in Flintstones-like faux leopard togas. The martial artist ballet dancer deserves mention as well.

Sister Street Fighter also features an arsenal of elaborate weaponry. Of course, there are katanas, bōs, sais, and nunchaku. More interesting are the exotic armaments like kusarigama, tonfa, spiked knuckles, and blowguns. There is even an “armor-piercing” harpoon gun, wielded by a preacher/assassin, no less.

While Sister Street Fighter is badass, don’t mistake it for art. Considering its pedigree (The Street Fighter, Return of the Street Fighter, and The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge), Sister Street Fighter is unsurprisingly cheap and messy. The editing is awkward, the choreography is graceless, the locations are bland, the lighting is flat, and the photography overuses tacky Dutch angles. But what do you expect from this sort of thing? Sister Street Fighter certainly isn’t for critics.

Rating: 6/10 Shrunken Heads. I awarded a bonus head for a scene where the heroine impales a fly on a toothpick and throws into a man’s mouth.

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